PLAYER RATINGS: Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Vorm 7 – Didn’t really have much to do besides saving a handful of shots that were straight at him. Had no chance with Sanchez’s own goal and swept up well behind the defence. Not at fault.

Aurier 5 – Slid in on a couple of occasions needlessly, and the goal came from his side, but got forward with purpose in the first half. If there’s one thing he can learn from Trippier then its how to cross, because his final ball failed him too many times – and ruined good attacks.

Sanchez 3 – His own goal was unlucky but his overall game was a calamity. It started with two awful clearances and that paved the way. Gets some credit for some important headers and interceptions to stop counter-attacks, but did not look composed at all. Needs to play in a back three with Alderweireld and Vertonghen to ease him in.

Vertonghen 5 – Not quite his assured self today, and looked to be one of those with the bug going around the team. Won some important headers and passed it well, but didn’t seem to have his usual impeccable positioning.

Davies 6 – Probably the best outfield player for Spurs today. Got caught out in defence at times but was generally solid and got forward well, putting in better crosses than his Ivorian compatriot on the right side. Stuck to his ‘steady Ben’ self today, not one to blame.

Dier 5 – Another one whose game dipped today, and he looked worse for wear. A lot of sloppy passing – albeit on a poor pitch – which led to trouble on certain occasions. However, he made some good tackles and won a lot of aerial duels. For me, he’s still the better defensive midfield option.

Dembele 3 – He really looks a shadow of his 2015-16 self now, another poor performance. Committed six fouls before being cautioned, many being needless and careless hacks in the centre of the pitch. Lacks the energy, fitness, creativity and discipline he once exemplified.

Sissoko 6 – Gets a lot of stick from Spurs fans but, again, didn’t do much wrong today. A few loose passes but supported Aurier well down the right, except for the opening goal, and supported Kane, Dele and Son well going forward. His best position isn’t that right wing, however, and it has to be in a midfield trio.

Dele 4 – A poor showing from the man in form, with too many touches leading to him losing possession on many occasions. He didn’t seem to be the same goal threat he usually is, but worked extremely hard.

Son 4 – A poor showing on the road from Tottenham’s South Korean, with his home form being far superior in recent months. Also lacked his usual goal threat but Pochettino taking him off with 20 minutes to go seemed bizarre, as he’s one who can score from nothing.

Kane 6 – A fantastic run and header to equalise in the first half but Kane definitely looked like he was a victim of the team bug. Leggy, easily beaten in the air and lethargic, it wasn’t the Harry Kane who Tottenham fans have come to love. Could’ve won it in the end with what looked like a shot-cum-cross; very unlucky.

All subs were after 70th minute, I believe.

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